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THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The Kerala Swathanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation and the National Fish Workers Forum will launch an agitation against the Coastal Regulatory Zone (CRZ) notification of the Centre issued in September.
In a statement released here, Federation State president T. Peter said the notification neither protects the cause of fisherfolk nor helps in protecting the natural environment of coastal areas in the country.
The statement said by notifying a major portion of coastal area as Special Economic Zones, the Union government was trying to promote tourism and other construction lobbies.
With the CRZ covering areas up to 12 nautical miles away from the coast, it could lead to dangerous activities like sea sand-mining and land-filling.
The statement said instead of acting to protect the interests of lobbies, the Union and State governments should provide land and housing to fishermen.
The Kerala Swathanthra Matsya Thozhilali Federation and the National Fish Workers Forum will present recommendations regarding the CRZ notification to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi on October 15.
The Forum will also hold agitations in all coastal States from October 20 to 28.
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